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    Roseau - Gordon Benton Foss passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at the LifeCare Roseau Manor at the age of 88.
    Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 17 at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau.  Interment was held at the Northwood Cemetery in Moose River area of Grygla. Military Honors were provided by the Grygla American Legion.
    Gordon was born on April 2, 1924 in Grygla, to Selma (Anderson) and Alfred M. Foss. After his schooling, he entered the U.S. Navy in April of 1942 and served during World War II until his honorable discharge in December of 1943.   He served on the aircraft carrier, Cape Esperance.  He and Thelma Ostlund were married on Dec. 22, 1945.  They lived on a dairy farm in Northwood Township in the Moose River area except one year in the mid-50s, when he worked as a logger in Wilsall, Mont.  
    A man of faith, from the 1950s until 2011, he was an active member and trustee of Liberty Chapel in Grygla.  He also served on the board of Sand Hill Bible Camp. In the early-60s, he designed and built one of Minnesota’s most advanced, free stall dairy barns. He served on the Grygla Farmers Union board and the Soil Conservation board for many years. He became well-known in Minnesota in the mid-70s when he asked the DNR to deal with the elk herd that was eating and ruining his oats field. When they failed to act on his repeated requests, he shot five of the elk and called the DNR to report his action. After his arrest, he was found not guilty by a jury of his peers who decided he had the right to defend his property.
   In his late-70s, he discovered diamond willows growing on and near his farm.  He began creating beautiful furniture using diamond willows which he sold through a website www.diamondwillows.com  and at craft shows, a hobby that he very much enjoyed.
    Gordon is survived by his children, Ronald (Joyce) of Baudette, Marvin (Helen) of Grygla, Richard (Sarah) of Princeton, Ill., David (Yadira) of Germany, Debra Dahl of Duluth, Mark (Elena) of Denver, Colo., Timothy (Jean) of Grygla, Steven (Alanna) of Grygla, Gary (Melanie) of Perham; and Kathryn Foss of Hibbing; 30 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma in 2008; and sisters, Esther and Adeline.
    Online guest book at: www.helgesonfuneral
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